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  1. Nurses, patients returning to public system amid economic downturn

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... hospitals had seen a rise in the number of patients in recent months, she said. She suggested the economic downturn could be driving a shift by patients from private to public hospitals, ... Amy Nip More nurses and patients are returning to public hospitals from the private sector, the Hospital Authority says. In the past week, the authority had recruited more than 10 nurses ...

  2. Plan in place but public may take some convincing

    Posted Oct 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Although the government wants as many people as possible to join its new voluntary health insurance scheme, the public may not share its enthusiasm for the plan. The idea is for those who can afford it to switch to private health care in order to ease the burden on the public system. The plan is expected to be released for three months of public consultation from ...

  3. Public hospitals boss wants insured to pay more than HK$100

    Posted Jul 29th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Patients who join a proposed voluntary health insurance scheme should be asked to pay a higher proportion of the costs of their treatment in public hospitals, then claim the money on their insurance, Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk says. Instead of paying only a heavily subsidised charge of HK$100 a day, public patients covered by the proposed government-regulated ...

  4. Private doctors set to take on public patients

    Posted Oct 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Gary Cheung

    ... Ella Lee and Gary Cheung Many diabetics and people with high blood pressure will be referred from the public health system to the private sector under reforms expected to be disclosed next ... the government's desire to kick-start the overhaul of the stressed public health system while public consultation on broader reforms remains stalled. A working group set up by the Food and Health Bureau ...

  5. Mixed response to public-private health schemes

    Posted Jun 08th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... private doctors disagree. And the Medical Association has warned that it will boycott any public-private interface programme that interferes with private doctors' fee schedules. The Food and Health Bureau's consultant in public-private partnership, Choy Khai-meng, said the two public-private interface programmes- the cataract-surgery programme and the Tin Shui Wai primary-care ...

  6. Reward public doctors to halt exodus, pioneer says

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A brain drain of surgeons is affecting the quality of care of public medicine in Hong Kong, says the city's father of liver transplants. To keep more doctors from leaving, Professor Fan Sheung-tat proposes that public doctors be allowed to make extra money by treating private patients. At the University of Hong Kong, for which Fan is head of surgery for Queen Mary ...

  7. Fix public health care first to revamp system

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng It's an undeniable fact that Hong Kong has an ageing population. In order to ease the increasing financial burden on public health care and address the long-term imbalance between private and public health care providers, the government has proposed a voluntary medical insurance scheme. It is hoped that the latest health care reform can encourage those who ...

  8. Strained public hospitals need help, says specialist

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peter So peter.so@scmp.com The incoming government needs to tackle the manpower shortage and long waiting times for specialist services at public hospitals, says a hotly tipped candidate for the next health minister. Dr Ko Wing-man, a former senior Hospital Authority official, pointed to the imbalance of services provided by public and private hospitals. 'As a private practitioner ...

  9. See big picture on public health care

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Our public hospital system is far from broken, but it could easily get that way without health care reform. Chronic shortages of medical staff, the increasing pressures of an ageing ... the public health sector provides a good standard of care at exceptionally low prices for all residents, regardless of income. Given the strains being experienced, it is an unsustainable situation. ...

  10. Private hospitals look to grab long-waiting public patients

    Posted Jul 26th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Overburdened system has created a market for expensive health-care facilities Hong Kong's 12 private hospitals are making a grab for patients from the public sector, where people can wait several years for an operation or a year for an outpatient specialist consultation. The long public waiting lists provided a 'very good opportunity' to expand market ...




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